Welcome, Jack (no hi-jack jokes here
). Just tell us what you're hungry for, and we'll be glad to share our recipes and techniques with you. Here's a simple soup recipe to get you started. This will keep you fed for a few days.
Hearty Ham Barley Soup
From the Kitchen of: Joe Valencic
1/2C Sweet onion
2 Cloves Garlic
3 Celery stalks
1/2Bag baby carrots – cut up into rings or whole
3-4 Medium potatoes peeled and diced
1-1/2C Pearled Barley
1 – 15oz Can of peas
1# Smoked pork butt, cooked ham or smoked ham hocks – diced
3 – 14.5oz Cans of chicken broth or stock
Salt/Pepper to taste
In a large stock pot (8qt or larger) cook onions in a little oil until translucent. Add celery, garlic and carrots and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add ham and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and liquid. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer for 1-1/2 hrs. Adjust seasoning and serve with fresh crusty bread & butter and fresh cracked pepper.